Dissertation Defense Schedule

Academic Excellence

Sharing original dissertation research is a principle to which the University of Delaware is deeply committed. It is the single most important assignment our graduate students undertake and upon completion is met with great pride.

We invite you to celebrate this milestone by attending their dissertation defense. Please review the upcoming dissertation defense schedule below and join us!

Dissertation Defense Form

Must be received two weeks prior to your defense.

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Upcoming Doctoral Dissertation Defense

The list below is organized by the most current Dissertation Defense first. You may sort by “Program of Study” or search for a specific dissertation via the search box. To learn more about a specific dissertation select the dissertation’s title or the term “Full Abstract”.



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Defense Details Dissertation Program
Date: 01/07/2020
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Star Campus
Room: 413

Transitioning to College with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus-The Parental Perspective

By: Michelle Ness          Chair: Jennifer Saylor         Co-Chair: Janice Selekman

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Nursing: Nursing Science
Date: 12/18/2019
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Evans Hall
Room: 134

End to End Testing and Non-Uniformity Detection and Correction of Superlattice Light Emitting Diodes Infrared Scene Projectors

By: Peyman Barakhshan          Chair: Fouad Kiamilev         

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Electrical & Computer Engineering
Date: 12/18/2019
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Sharp Lab
Room: 215

Fitted Models for Intermolecular Interactions from First Principles

By: Michael Metz          Chair: Krzysztof Szalewicz         

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Date: 12/16/2019
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: ISE Lab
Room: 467


By: jing xu          Chair: John Byrne         

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Energy & Environmental Policy
Date: 12/10/2019
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Center for Composite Materials
Room: 106

Understanding Crystallization Mechanisms of A Biodegradable Copolymer Poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-(R)-3-hydroxyhexanoate] (PHBHx) and Inhibiting Its Crystallization Using Aluminum Oxide (AO) and Pseudoboehmite (PB)

By: Changhao Liu          Chair: John Rabolt         

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Materials Science & Engineering
Date: 12/10/2019
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Graham Hall
Room: 165

Nonprofit Organizations in Post-Disaster Recovery: A Study of Advocacy Activities in the Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath in New Jersey

By: Paolo Cavaliere          Chair: James Kendra         

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Urban Affairs & Public Policy

The Process


Visit our “Step-by-Step Graduation Guide” to take you through the graduation process.From formatting your Dissertation to Doctoral Hooding procedures.

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Dissertation Manual

Wondering how to set up the format for your paper. Refer to the “UD Thesis/Dissertation Manual” for formatting requirements and more.

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Defense Submission Form

This form must be completed two weeks in advance of a dissertation defense to meet the University of Delaware Graduate and Professional Education’s requirements.

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